Many visitors attracted to Cuyahoga Valley National Park come to see Brandywine Falls
, a beautiful 65-foot waterfall. Once you've taken your time to appreciate and enjoy the falls, work your way around a scenic trail that highlights some of Cuyahoga's other natural resources.
The boardwalk can be slick with rain, or the spray of the falls so use caution. There is not a bridge across Brandywine Creek, so cross at your own risk.
This area is heavily populated with those stopping at the falls, and visitors combined with a technical trail make this a poor option for running.
Visitors will begin this journey from the Brandywine Falls Picnic Area, where a large parking lot provides ample space and maintained restrooms. Begin on the Brandywine Gorge Boardwalk
, which leads from the northern end of the parking area to the actual falls. The trail here is a well maintained boardwalk, and the route is flat until you reach the falls. Take your time to enjoy the falls, as the 65-foot waterfall is one of the most impressive and beautiful in the park! If you're feeling adventurous, you may even take a side trip on the Brandywine Gorge Boardwalk N. Spur
to gain a better view of the falls.
Once you've spent some time enjoying the waterfall, continue heading first south, and then north on the Brandywine Gorge
trail. Almost immediately, you'll notice that you're not on the same trail anymore. The Brandywine Gorge
trail boasts a natural surface, and rocks and roots soon become apparent. The landscape around the trail changes as well, and you'll find yourself immersed in dense forest, accentuated by remarkable geologic formations. Sandstone and shale cliffs rise and fall around the trail, covered in colorful mosses and lichens. Be aware that this trail is only for the daring, as there isn't a bridge over the Brandywine Creek. Rocks can be used to cross, but please use caution.
Once you've dipped into the Brandywine Gorge, you'll start turning back toward the trailhead, and ascending back to your car. Enjoy the final, secluded portion of trail before ending back where you began at the picnic area.
Visitors will make their way through varied old-growth forests, and will pass by many lichens and mosses.